Well, The Study finally came out. It was suggested to me that when it was published there would be revelations not included in Kevin Hall’s poster presentation which is the subject of the foregoing link.
Well, I’m not seeing it, and Stephan Guyenet did a good overview of the now-published paper.
I put this out on Facebook earlier today:
First of all, the notion that carbohydrate, per se, causes obesity is utterly ridiculous and everyone ought to acknowledge that.
About 108 Billion people have ever lived on Earth. The vast majority of them have consumed plenty of carbohydrate in various forms and the vast majority have not become obese. This is absolute falsification. And in fact, it only requires a single valid exception to falsify any rule, “the exception disproves the rule.”
Obesity is a modern phenomenon. It has nothing to do with carbohydrate, per se, not even grain and sugar carbohydrates (both have been around for thousands of years), but the fact that people eat too much, too often, in general.
Research going forward ought to focus on why people eat too much, too often, chronically, deaf to all the signal data that ought to get them to curb it. It’s probably multi-factorial and it’s also likely true that the reasons or triggers vary by individual…people eat too much, too often, chronically so, for different reasons.
However, and to be conciliatory to Low Carb, it is definitely one dietary strategy that’s pretty effective for a very lot of people (including myself) in curbing irrational appetite and allowing for less energy intake over time. Combine a reasonably low-carb lifestyle (keeping in mind Atkins considered upwards of 120g daily to fit in his LC model) with a “whole foods” or Paleoish paradigm (cut out the crap) and it’s absolutely one of the best strategies out there and can also be quite nutritionally dense. Avoid all products “enriched” with anything that doesn’t belong there, grains being the biggest culprit, so get unenriched organic grains if you consume them.
I guess that’s all I have.